Last week I had the opportunity to share with the OWU Board of Trustees some of the ways I’m using technology to enhance my teaching. I shared about my experiences trying to ‘flip’ my intro cell biology class last semester. Below is a rough outline of my 10-min talk, and here are my slides, which should be viewable in any modern browser1.watch full Louis C.K. 2017 2017 movie online
Trying a Flip
What’s the idea?
- expose students to concepts through self-guided study prior to class
- spend class time helping students apply concepts to solve problems
- technology is an enabler for this kind of teaching
- better use of class time than lecture
- encourages students to build more critical thinking, application skills
- critical thinking and problem-solving skills are a major point of emphasis in recent reports on the state of improving undergraduate science education
- research evidence that it’s better for learning than lecture
How did I do it?
- switched to new, more modular, online textbook, required reading in advance
- created in-class experiences allowing students to apply concepts
- created website that provided scaffolding for students
- student groups kept an online notebook, shared with me, for feedback and input
- used online clicker questions through polleverywhere.com to register student understanding
How did it go?
- classroom space design was a real inhibitor to exploration and discussion
- holding classes like this in a space designed for active learning would be amazing
- students are very reliant on lecture for information transmission
- designing in-class experiences is difficult, time-consuming